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A view of the MSC Sinfonia's new spray park

Waterpark on the deck of the MSC Sinfonia

Bartender on the MSC Sinfonia and mojito cocktail

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MSC Musica Cruise Bookings 2018 / 2019

Book an MSC Musica cruise with SouthAfrica.TO, do a writeup & send photos, and we'll send you a cruise voucher to discount your next cruise booked with us. Email to cruises@southafrica.to

The MSC Musica is visiting South Africa for the first time during the 2018/2019 cruise season, and you can now book the SA - Italy repositioning cruises. The Musica, a larger ship than the MSC Sinfonia, leaves Venice (Italy) for a grand voyage to South Africa on the 14th Oct 2018 and is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Durban 25 days later - on the way it stops at Brindisi, Crete, Eilat, Petra, Port Victoria, Mauritius and Reunion. Check availability on the Musica by filling in the form below (email cruises@southafrica.to if you're experiencing difficulties).

The ship has more pools, a wider menu (including a sushi bar) and a larger theatre (3 deck high) than the Sinfonia.

The MSC Musica came into service in 2006 and was the first ship in the "Musica class" (the others are the MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica). The ship boasts spacious staterooms as well as balcony suites, being the majority. The most spectacular sight to be seen on the ship is the lit up three-tier waterfall and piano. The piano has been suspended over a crystal floor above a pool of luminous water, located in the central foyer. The MSC Musica is a reflection of elegance and sophistication and you can be sure to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere whilst cruising to your ideal location.

The MSC Musica is a fantastic choice for a Mediterranean cruise with MSC's Italian style.


Outside of South Africa, the MSC Musica offers regular cruises at times in South America and at times in the Mediterranean.

12 Jun 2017 to 29 Oct 2018
25 Mar 2018 to 7 Oct 2018.

Weekly 7 night cruise from Venice to Brindisi
Stopping at Katakolon, Piraeus, Santorini, Corfu and Kotor

7 Dec 2017 to 4 March 2018

8 night cruises from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, Punta del Este (Uruguay), Ilhabela (Brazil) and back to Rio de Janeiro.


  • 16 August 2017. We had no idea a ship could get a speeding fine until we read this story. The Musica was leaving the Bay of Kotor at a speed of 8 nautical miles, whilst the maximum is 6.

  • 19 June 2017. A 36 year old Brazilian crew member of the Musica, Simone Scheuer Souza from Sao Paolo, fails to report for her shift at 3am. Simone worked on the ship as a cleaner. After the ship is searched top to bottom and she is still not found, it is suspected she may have gone overboard and the coast guard is notified who trace back over the Musica's path over the previous 24 hours, by plane. The ship had departed from Venice on the 18th June and docked next at Brindisi the following day.  It's been reported that she may have ended a relationship with a co-worker, and had a disagreement with her supervisor.  Our thoughts are with Simone's loved ones; and our prayer is that she turns up unharmed. The last missing person incident on an MSC Cruise ship was in February on the MSC Magnifica.

  • 22 Apr 2013. The MSC Musica visits Le Havre in France for the first time. The deputy Mayor of Le Havre, Gérard Vastra, gave Captain Raffaelo Musso (appropriate surname for a captain of the Musica) a medal and plaque.

Captain Raffaelo Musso of the MSC Musica

  • 19 Apr 2013. The Musica calls on Lisbon for the first time.

  • 31 Jan 2013. Interview with the hotel director on the MSC Musica


  • Dec 2011. MSC introduce a new program, 'Approach to Wine'. The course comprises of 5 lessons with both theoretical and practical wine sessions.

  • Dec 2010. A fire was reported in the engine room. The air conditioning and water supply on board was affected.

  • 10 Jan 2010. Camila Bandeira, a 28 year old crew member on the MSC Musica, is discovered dead in her cabin by her boyfriend - Bruno Bicalho, a bartender on the ship. The ship was in the Port of Santos, Brazil.

  • 29 Jun 2006. MSC celebrated the inauguration of MSC Musica with a display of lights and colors.

Crew Party

26 Oct 2013 : Crew party on the MSC Musica - so apparently it's not just the passengers who are having fun.


2013-06-03. The MSC Musica making its way through the Norwegian fjords from Flåm to Bergen.

Rio de Janeiro

Here's the Musica approaching Rio de Janeiro.


  • 20 Oct 2013 Video of the MSC Musica cruise ship

  • 27 April 2013. Walk through the MSC Musica plus cruise footage

Carnaval 2013 time! Warning - this video is 1 hour long and once you start watching it is difficult to stop! Video of a holiday on the MSC Musica with 4 lovely ladies, and great backing vocals. Basking at the pool, good food, plenty of line dancing, getting serenaded on stage, ocean views, evenings at the disco, suntanning, theatre, island time, swimming in the sea, night party on deck and RIO Babe!

Davinder Kaur enjoyed a cruise on the MSC Musica, especially an Indian function on board: "we were part of a big Indian group on the cruise – we enjoyed Bollywood, Bhangra and more – danced to it, and ate Indian food."

top deck of the MSC Musica cruise ship

Davinder, along with friends and family, had a wonderful time on the MSC Musica and thinks that "this cruise line is definitely worth your consideration." She especially "enjoyed the Bollywood, Bhangra and more – danced to it, and ate Indian food."

A couple sailed on the Musica in November 2011 and they "found the food on MSC Musica to be most acceptable with the dining room to be pleasant if a little on the warm side. The service was always superb. The theatre is comfortable and impressive, the shows were all different, "special mention must be made of the Riverdance / Lord of the Dance sequence in the show Excalibur which had me on my feet at the end".

Il Tucano Lounge

On 24 August 2010, Susana set sail for the Greek Islands on the MSC Musica and thought "it was the perfect cruise, the entertainment was like been in a Cirq of Solei performance, the food was excellent". She cruised with a group of friends and brought her daughter, aged 15 along. Her daughter "found the activities for teens fun and exciting".

Il Giardino Restaurant


MSC Musica


Entertainment on board the MSC Musica varies from singers to dancers and magicians to acrobats. The entertainment has been compared to that of the Cirque du Soleil show.

For those who like to be pampered, the MSC Aurea Spa & Solarium have their own sauna, steam room, offer Thalassotherapy, yoga & aerobics. The gym and beauty salon are also part of the Spa.

Recreation facilities include the cinema, games rooms, tennis, volleyball, basketball, running track, shuffleboard, miniature golf and a golf simulator.

There are 10 inside lounges & bars and 2 outside lounges & pool bars. This includes a bar solely for coffee and one for wine. There are 2 swimming pools and 7 whirlpools (including the kiddies splash pool).

20 Apr 2013

Footage from the disco on the MSC Musica - dancing, drinking..."Time of my Life" (remix).

9 Apr 2013

Dancing fun on the MSC Musica.

10 Mar 2013

The audience get involved in some clowning around on the MSC Musica

19 Jul 2011

Food & drinks

The Musica has 5 restaurants:

  • Kaito sushi bar (pay extra).

  • Il Giardino a la carte (pay extra).

  • Gu Archi Cafeteria (free)

  • L'Oleandro (free)

  • Le Maxim's (free)

The MSC Musica has an emphasis on italian cuisine, and has recently introduced indian food into its menu. There are vegetarian options, Halaal food on request, but Kosher food must be pre-ordered more than 90 days before the cruise.

Wine glasses and wine list on the table of the cruise ship

Here's a lovely prawn salad:

Prawns with salad, an olive, tomato and lemon; on a cruise ship table


The only free drinks are the iced water which is available at all times at the buffet, and the water from the taps in your room. Apparently the water from the taps in your cabin is drinkable, but we don't take the chance (there are no facilities to make hot drinks in your cabin).

If you are going to drink a lot then we suggest taking a drinks package, which is cheaper than buying on board. Be careful not to overestimate your ability to booze - many people are left with unused drinks coupons at the end of the cruise (tip: hang around the bar on the last night, as there's often passengers trying to get rid of surplus drinks coupons).

Do order the fresh orange from your waiter at breakfast time - it's refreshing and delicious.

Cabins & Suites

The MSC Musica is the first of the "Musica class" fleet, and can accommodate 2,550 guests with double occupancy. The Musica offers 275 inside cabins, 173 outside cabins, 377 standard balcony cabins, 432 superior balcony cabins and 18 balcony suites (ie 80% of the cabins have sea views). There are 17 cabins which are appropriate for the disabled, 2 of which are balcony cabins. There are quite a number of 2-berth cabins, so ask your agent about tandem specials. Cabin sizes are fine and the shower/toilet area is large enough, and has a clothes line. All cabins have a minibar refrigerator, with a bit of space to place one's own things in - if you need more space, then let your steward know that you are emptying the minibard to place them elsewhere, and will replace them before the end of the cruise.

Inside cabins consist of single beds that can be converted into a double bed (on request), spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower. There is an interactive TV, telephone, mini-bar and safe and hair dryer. There is availability of internet connection using your own laptop (on payment). Size is some 14 square metres. The ship has 275 inside cabins.

inside cabin

Ocean view cabins are the same as inside cabins, but have a view of the sea and are larger in size. Size is some 17 square metres. There are 92 cabins with partial views, and 81 cabins with full views.

outside cabin

Balcony cabins are the same as inside cabins, but have a balcony and are larger. The standard balcony cabins are some 18.5 square metres and the superior balcony cabins are some 22 metres square. The ship has some 809 balcony cabins.

balcony cabin

Balcony suites have a double bed (can be converted into two single beds on request), spacious wardrobe, bathroom with tub, TV, telephone, mini-bar and safe and hair dryer. There is availability of internet connection using your own laptop (on payment). It is some 31 square metres in size. The ship has some 18 balcony suites - be sure to snap one up as soon as they become available.

balcony suite

Cabins for people with disabilities have two fixed single beds, a bathroom with a shower, a wardrobe, a mini bar & safe & a TV. It is some 21 square metres in size. There are 12 inside, 2 outside and 3 balcony wheelchair friendly cabins.

Technical specifications

Gross tonnage

92.400 tons







Number of Passengers

2 550 (on a double basis)


Note that you may not wear shorts to restaurants for dinner. For the buffet and restaurants you must wear shoes; and no bikinis, bathrobes or tank-tops.

There is no self-help laundry service, you have to pay in order to get laundry done.

The sun shining on the MSC Musica's top deck
Photo by @cargopaul

Before signing off a little reminder to take loads of photos and videos, and do share them - we love to see photos of our clients' trips on the MSC Musica - email to cruises@southafrica.to - have a lovely musical cruise :-)

MSC Musica's Current Position

Here's where the MSC Musica currently is, on this live map below

MSC Sinfonia's pool on the deck

A view of Maputo's skyline

Venice's harbour

A pink fruit cocktail with a green straw

Fruit cocktail with a yellow straw

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